Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Speedy Sightseeing: Moving Around Your Travel Destination

Some people go on holiday so they can relax by a pool and catch up on some reading, but others travel so they can cram in the sights, with many coming back more exhausted than when they left.

If you like a fast-paced vacation, then being able to get around your destination quickly is vital. As well as speed, you’ll also want to factor in cost and convenience, meaning that one mode of transport may suit one location, but not another. If you’re in a new place and are exploring how to get around, make sure you consider these options.

Public Transport

Before you arrive at your travel destination, make sure you’ve looked into what public transport options are available. Some areas are better connected than others and if you are looking to visit a sight that is outside the city centre then buses, trams and trains are often the best option.

Some hugely impressive monuments are based slightly off the beaten track, particularly if you are staying in the middle of a town or city. If you want to see Leipzig’s monument to The Battle of the Nations, then you’ll probably want to take the S-Bahn, for example, or if you want to experience the grandeur of Versailles but are based in Paris, then the RER train service is your friend.

It is much better to research your options before you arrive, because you can never be sure how much of an issue the language barrier could become, and you don’t want to find yourself heading in the wrong direction.

Two Wheels… or why not one?

Hiring a bike when you’re in a new destination is a great way of speeding up your sightseeing. Many cities are set up for getting around on two wheels and offer cycle lanes so you can feel safe even if you don’t know your way around.

Alternatively, you could look at purchasing your own electric unicycle to help go from sight to sight. These are a lot more portable than bicycles and could fit in your car or luggage – although they do require some practice! If you’re interested in taking a slightly different mode of transport next time you’re sightseeing, then you can find out more about electric unicycles here:

Walking Tour

Although you won’t actually be moving particularly fast on a walking tour, it can make the sightseeing process a lot quicker. Usually run by knowledgeable guides, these tours will operate along a route that has been carefully planned so you get to see all the major sights in the most efficient way possible. It certainly saves you time compared to being hunched over your map circling the area’s key monuments.

What’s more, walking tours also deliver a lot of insight about the attractions that you are walking past, meaning you don’t have to stop to read signs or look something up in your travel guide. You ultimately receive a more detailed sightseeing experience in a fraction of the time it would take you to do it on your own.